The fallout from the 2-1 loss to Sunderland in the Premier League was certainly not going to be limited to dropped points and the loss of a chance to win the title. The FA rubbed salt in the gaping wound by handing down suspensions and fines to Chelsea FC’s Ramires, manager Jose Mourinho, and assistant manager Rui Faria.
Ramires is charged with violent conduct and will be suspended for four domestic games meaning he will miss the final three games this year and the first match of the 2014-15 season. The charge was for a blatant elbow that Ramires threw at Sunderland’s Seb Larsson after he thought he was fouled twice by the Swedish midfielder. Referee Mike Dean did not see the foul even though it was directly in front of him and the FA handed down the punishment and said in their official statement that it was video evidence that decided the punishment.
The FA used the following to explain the charge on Ramires:
In the Premier League, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite referees will be asked by The FA to review it and advise what, if any, action they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time. In this case the panel were unanimous that it was an act of violent conduct. Ramires has until 6pm on Thursday 24 April to respond to the charge.
Jose Mourinho was charged with misconduct because of his sarcastic post match comments towards both referee Mike Dean and the FA’s head of referees Mike Riley. This one was a bit harder to call because of the sarcastic nature of the comments but it was judged that Mourinho’s comments brought the game in to “disrepute”. Mourinho will likely appeal the charges the way he always does just to prove a point but the fact that he accused the FA of conspiring against Chelsea will be enough to seal the deal on his charge.
Assistant coach Rui Faria has been charged with two counts of misconduct with the FA providing the following explanation:
It is alleged that in the 83rd minute of the fixture, Faria used abusive and/or insulting words towards the Fourth Official. It also alleged that Faria’s behaviour following the match referee’s request that he leave the technical area amounted to improper conduct. The FA has designated this as a non-standard case due to the aggressive and/or threatening and/or serious nature of the reported behaviour.
It is not clear if Faria will appeal the charges but this was certainly quite a day at the FA as they handed down significant punishments to three members of Chelsea Football Club. The only real problem resulting from these charges is Ramires’s suspension which will hurt Chelsea’s slim chances of claiming the Premier League title but he is still available for any Champions League matches.
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